Guide to Rhone Blends

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Rhone Blends

Chateauneuf has served as the model for a virtual explosion of wines the world over that are loosely grouped together under the Rhone blend moniker, and it’s worth running through some of the big picture details of these wines before proceeding to the major grapes themselves.
Rhone Blends are generally based on Grenache, though some blends may be predominantly Syrah or Mourvedre. The fact that these wines are blends gives the winemakers unusual flexibility in creating a finished wine. In the Southern Rhone Valley of France, the styles can range from light, fruity, soft Cotes du Rhone to big, bold, age-worthy Chateauneuf-du-pape. This blend is also very popular in Australia and the United States where they frequently go by the Moniker GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) and exhibit the rich, bold fruit that both countries are famous for.

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